Dr. Majid Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, supervisor at the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority

Dr. Majid Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri
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Updated 28 September 2020

Dr. Majid Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, supervisor at the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority

Dr. Majid Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri has recently been appointed as supervisor of the National Center for Artificial Intelligence at the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Al-Tuwaijri received a bachelor’s degree from King Saud University in computer engineering in 1989.

From 1990 to 1995, he attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, US, where he attained his master’s and doctorate in computer and electrical engineering.

 In 2006, he received an MCPM master’s certificate from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Six years later, he attended an executive management program at Harvard Business School, Boston, US.

He is the joint founder of the Saudi Association for Health Informatics, established in 2005, and has twice been elected its president.

Al-Tuwaijri, who King Abdullah awarded with the King Abdul Aziz First Class Medal in 2007, chaired four e-health conferences in Saudi Arabia in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The 2012 conference was attended by more than 3,700 participants and a number of health ministers from various Arab states.

From 1997 to 2013, Al-Tuwaijri was CIO of the National Guard Health Affairs, which he helped to become one of the most modern in the region. His achievements were recognized through the Middle East Excellence Award in Electronic Health Records, presented during the Arab Health Conference in Dubai in 2010.

With more than 30 publications and patents in leading international journals and conferences, Al-Tuwaijri is an active researcher in the health information technology field.

He holds the rank of professor at King Saud Health University, where he established the Master of Science program in Health Informatics, the first of its kind in the Middle East.

 


Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

Updated 23 October 2020

Global organizations commend Saudi Arabia’s role in e-learning

JEDDAH: Six international organizations have completed two studies on e-learning in the Kingdom and praised its efforts in providing a rapid response, multiple options and continuous improvement during the coronavirus pandemic.
The studies involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.
The center said that the global organizations completed two comprehensive studies on the experience of public and higher education in Saudi Arabia during the pandemic, with the aim of documenting and studying the reality of the experience and coming up with initiatives to develop e-learning practices in accordance with current global practices and standards.
The studies were conducted with the participation of students, faculty members, teachers, parents and school leaders.
The number of participants in the public education study reached 318,000, while the number of participants in the higher education study reached 24,000.
The first study was prepared by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), with the participation of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Quality Matters (QM), the UNESCO Institute of Information Technologies in Education (IITE), the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) in the US.
The second study was prepared by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) with the cooperation of the Harvard Graduate School
of Education.
In the studies, reference comparisons were made with more than 193 countries. The two studies showed the Kingdom’s distinction in the diversity of options, including, for example, electronic content and satellite channels available for e-learning in public education.

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The studies on e-learning involved the participation of 342,000 respondents and were conducted under the supervision of the Kingdom’s National Center for e-Learning.

The percentage of countries that succeeded in providing these at the national level was only 38 percent.
The study conducted by the OECD and the Harvard Graduate School of Education included a comparison of the Kingdom’s response to education during the COVID-19 pandemic with 37 member states.
The results showed the Kingdom’s progress in 13 out of 16 indicators on the average of
these countries.
The study also revealed that teachers received significant support to overcome obstacles to e-learning.
The study of public education indicated that there was a clear strategy for the Ministry of Education to reopen schools in the Kingdom and address any issues.
OLC hailed the efforts of the Saudi Ministry of Education in dealing with the crisis by providing a variety of options for e-learning, and the quick response to the pandemic and immediate shift to remote instruction.
The two studies recommended 71 proposed development initiatives for public education and 78 proposed development initiatives for higher education.
The National Center for e-Learning is working in coordination with the Ministry of Education to present the initiatives and begin their implementation.
The center announced that the organizations that conducted the studies would publish their results and complete the second phase at the end of the current semester.